June 9, 2014 by Hayley Miller, Digital Media Associate
Mississippi native and HRC supporter Lance Bass released a new documentary film exploring issues LGBT youth face in his home state. The new documentary, “Mississippi I Am,” was inspired by Constance McMillen, a Mississippi youth who was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom in 2010.
In an interview with WREG, Bass said, ““The stories kept coming out in my home state and I was like, I need to figure out what to do about this. So I sent cameras down to see what the temperature really was.”
Last month HRC honored Lance Bass with the Upstander Award at the Time to Thrive conference for his work to promote the safety, inclusion and well-being of LGBTQ youth. Constance McMillen also spoke at the conference about her experience and the support she received from HRC.
HRC recently launched Project One America, an unprecedented campaign to bring equality to Mississippi. The comprehensive campaign aims to dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. In Mississippi there are no non-discrimination protections for LGBT people at the state or local level in employment, housing or public accommodations, and where the state’s constitution expressly prohibits marriage equality.